We decided to go to Burlington for a few days for a quick getaway. After looking at a reservation at the Williard Street Inn, we found that it was booked and instead selected the Lang House.
The inn is a lovely old Victorian on a busy street in Burlington. It is right across from two fraternity/sorority houses at either Champlain College or University of Vermont(not sure which). School was out when we visited and there were no issues, but it's something to be aware of. It is possible that the street is crowded with partying college kids during a weekend during the school session.
We stayed in the Reed Room, the only guest room I believe on the first floor. It was very large, beautiful with awesome woodwork and period touches. The bed (a king) was extremely comfortable and fitted with top-rate linens and pillows. We were concerned about being on the first floor and also on the street but we slept like babies and never heard a peep. There was a neat tabletop white noise generator in the room and also a very quiet and effective air conditioner in the window. The bathroom was also large and comfortable and there was a small TV. We did not get to see any of the other rooms but they are all on the Lang House web site. I believe there are eleven in all, divided between the main house and a carriage house in back. There is parking in between for one car per guest, a nice touch in Burlington where parking can be an issue.
There is a comfortable sun porch and sitting room and they serve breakfast in either room. During the day the staff bakes fresh cookies or brownies and leaves them out for you to eat as you like and also has coffee, tea, and water available 24/7. There is speedy wireless internet throughout the whole place which worked nicely.
Every morning you get a nicely prepared breakfast- usually an egg dish, a pancake/waffle dish, or fresh granola with yogurt. Each breakfast is made when ordered so it does take a bit of time but it is well worth it. Breakfast starts with some type of amuse bouche- one day it was a small slice of orange-glazed poppy cake, the next, a shot of strawberry smoothie. Breakfast is accompanied by a slice toast and a side meat. We are not big portion eaters but be aware that if you are expecting a large and hearty breakfast this is not what they serve. The quality is excellent but it is more of a petit dejeuner. Some might consider this a drawback considering that the nightly rate is pricey but we did not have an issue but rather enjoyed the hand-crafted food and small portions.
The staff is friendly but consists almost exclusively of young people- perhaps college students. They are super friendly but at times somewhat awkward and even shy-it almost made us feel guilty to ask them for things. We found it charming- some might be a bit disappointed at service that is eager and pleasant but not polished. Overall this was a plus for us and we enjoyed the staff.
The innkeeper, Kim, is a wonderful lady, a talented chef, and full of recommendations about things to do in the area. We really enjoyed talking with her and she was around for part of each day. Clearly, she has a passion for her business and her city.
The inn was always squeaky clean, by the way, no easy task in a place with that much wood and carpet around. Great job cleaning staff.
All in all, it was a fine stay. Had the price been slightly lower, the service a bit more polished, or the breakfast choices a bit wider, it would have been a clear 5,but these were minor flaws in what we considered a 4.5 B&B well run by a talented innkeeper and a staff that tries very hard to please.
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